Friday 25 June 2021

For a Child Union: a community that cares

For a Child Union: a community that cares

16.00 - 17.30
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Children are our future! As the European Union begins its journey towards a just and sustainable recovery, we need investment in our children and families.

We are all aware that the situation of children has particularly worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic and tackling children and families’ poverty is a priority of the socialist and progressive agenda, within the European Institutions, in Member States, and in particular at local and regional level. We believe free high-quality early care and education, adequate nutrition, and inclusive education and care will not only benefit children but our society as a whole.

The Socialists and Democrats have been those achieving a European Child Guarantee, and now, with the Next Generation EU, we want to prioritise the development of an investments ecosystem for European children, including universal and equal access to quality and inclusive early childhood education and care.

On Friday 25 June at 16:00 - 17:30, during the high-level conference “For Europe. With Courage.” hosted by the Party of European Socialists in Berlin, the S&D Group in the European Parliament, the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions and FEPS will organise a workshop “For a Child Union: a community that cares”, gathering European, national, regional and local ideas and experiences.

Find out more about the PES Group campaign for a Child Union collecting local and regional best practices.

16:00 - 17:30 CEST

Moderator: Christian Morabito, international researcher on inequality and social policies, expert of the European Foundation on Progressive Studies

Welcome address

  • Iratxe García Pérez, President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament

Setting the scene for the Child Union in Europe

  • Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
  • Brando Benifei, S&D member of the European Parliament, rapporteur on the Child Union
  • Susann Rüthrich, Member of the German Bundestag, SPD representative in charge of children and member of the Children's Commission

Paving the Way for the Child Union in Progressive Cities and Regions

  • Gergely Karacsony, mayor of Budapest
  • Delphine Chabbert, member of the Brussels parliament 
  • Emmi Lintonen, local councillor of Forssa and first vice-president of Demarinaiset, the Socialist Democratic Women of Finland 

Making the right to access to childcare a reality

  • Tiziana Filippini, Historical Pedagogist Reggio Emilia

Concluding remarks

Live streaming

The live streaming is available also in German, French, and Spanish.